Some important information (and requests) from the Westin

I've been talking with Michaela (who rocks) and Jaime (who rules) at the Westin. Our kind hosts were very pleased with us last year, but as always Anthrocon strives for continual improvement and I was anxious to hear from them how we can be even better guests in 2008. The ladies gave me the following, which I urge all Anthrocon attendees to read and heed:

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Anthrocon Dealer's Room: All Applications Processed!

Hi kids!

This is a follow-up to our earlier announcement regarding the room sellout; it did in fact fill nearly to the breaking point--quite a few rounds of human Tetris were played, but we got everyone in without having to reduce many to less than what they were after.

We have sent out applications to all dealers who provided a valid, functioning email address. While we do our best to get all of them to work, some inevitably did bounce, and we were unable to communicate with those dealers. If you have not received a notification of assignment from the Dealer's Room Staff, please notify us straightaway via email, even if you're sure you've already been assigned--there are often issues we need to communicate, and not having an email address hinders the process.

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Steel City news

I just talked to Chris, the bosslady at the Steel City Diner. We've got two exciting bits of news to pass along:

1) They'll once again have special Anthrocon shirts on sale. A portion of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go to Anthrocon's charity beneficiary this year, Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue.

2) They're planning to stay open 24 hours for the duration of our convention!

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Help with the Dorsai Irregulars Anthrocon Migration Study

Do any of you fursuiters recall the plastic migration study tags which were handed out by the Dorsai Irregulars at Anthrocon 2007? We need your help in getting a report written.

The information we need from you is:

1) your tag number
2) your fur suit's species
3) the fur suit character name
4) your real name (will NOT be used in the study)
5) where you traveled from to attend Anthrocon 2007

It would also be nice to know who gave you the tag, when and where you got it, etc.

Please send the above info to

Thanks very much for your help!

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Travelling with checked bags

Hi all,

Many fursuiters are becoming aware of this situation, but it's something that all convention attendees who are travelling by airplane should be aware of.

Starting May 5, some airlines are moving to a ONE checked bag allottment on flights. Any extra bags will cost you when you check in at the airport. United and US Airways will be enforcing this starting on May 5. Other airlines may follow.

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Rooms available at the Doubletree Pittsburgh Hotel!

Doubletree to the Rescue! We have a block of rooms ready for reserving at the Doubletree Pittsburgh Hotel, just two blocks away! Only $119 per night (plus tax) for up to four people, and $169 for a one-bedroom parlor suite with a foldout sofabed. To make your reservation, just visit this handy link.

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Welcome FOX Viewers!

Did you first hear about Anthrocon on tonight's episode of Back To You? Believe it or not, Anthrocon is a real organization. We hold our annual convention every summer at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle. We were pleasantly surprised to get a nod on this evening's show -- it's just one more sign that Anthrocon has become a true Pittsburgh institution. As Ryan said, we are indeed a convention where people dress up like animals; that, however, is only a fraction of what Anthrocon is all about. Only about 10% of our attendees are costumers. The majority of us are writers, artists, performers, or just simply old-fashioned cartoon animal fans. We welcome you to explore our site, starting with our What is "Furry" page, and if you are in town over the weekend of June 26th, we hope you'll stop in and join us!

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Westin and Omni are both full!

We have reached the maximum available capacity at both the Westin and the Omni. That does not mean that there is no hope! Remember, the Westin is maintaining a waiting list and will be contacting people on that list as rooms come available. Also, there are bound to be cancellations at both the Westin and the Omni, particularly toward the end of April when the deposits are due, so check back from time to time to see what might have freed up. In the meantime, there are other hotels nearby that you can investigate.

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Anthrocon 2008 Conbook Seeking Submission!

Attention artists and writers! Anthrocon is currently seeking submissions for our 2008 conbook. Pink happy

The Anthrocon 2008 conbook is a great opportunity to showcase your work. We are currently seeking submissions of artwork, fiction, photography, and articles for publication. We welcome any submissions of most any nature, although priority may be given to works that complement the theme of the convention, ‘It’s a Jungle Out There.’ Submissions should be in the 'G' to 'PG-13' rating.

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Dealer's Room Update!

Hey kids! (Hey Dr. Foxish!)

It's the end of the first month of 2008, and with it comes some news from your loyal staffers in the Dealer's Room! Now we've seen from a lot of dealers so far--over one hundred and thirty dealers and assistants have already applied for our space, and we've processed the whole lot in-hand, covering applications with postmarks up to about January 17th. Notifications for about a dozen more dealerships should go out this weekend.

With that influx of applicants comes the spectre of the sell-out. Now we're nowhere near completely flooding the room, so don't those of you out there who sent your apps after January 17 or who haven't sent them yet think you're up the creek just yet. However...

Wall Space is completely sold out.
Powered Tables are virtually sold out.

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